Your Creativity & The Moon Cycles (Part 5: The Full Moon)

MoonHere we are at the Full Moon! Not only a Full Moon, but one sporting a Lunar Eclipse! Much like the Solar Eclipse New Moon a few weeks ago, this Full Moon we will be given an extra special energetic boost due to the Lunar Eclipse. Emotions may run high so be prepared… for anything to happen! If you experience some powerful emotions your best course will be to avoid resistance, which we all know is futile anyway. Stay calm and receive what you are given with the spirit of gratitude and all will turn out just fine. Don’t forget that the Universe has always got your back.

Some people will swear up and down that the Full Moon brings out the crazy in people. I will argue that the crazy is always out there, energetically, it’s just that during the Full Moon you become more aware of it.

Think of it like this… You’re in your car and your driving along the open highway. I’m having a great déjà vu right now of Route 66 headed east through Arizona! You’ve got your favorite mix CD blaring as loud as you can stand it. You’re clipping along at least 55mph. You are overcome by the beautiful sunshine and you crack the driver’s side window to let in some fresh air (Crescent). There’s a whoosh sound as the air starts to make it’s way into your car. Continue reading

Reveal Your Authentic Self!

bobcat: reveal your authentic self

I have a new tradition. I suppose it became a tradition this year, because I started it last year. All great traditions have to start some where, some time! Every year, when my kids are on vacation with their Dad, I take myself on a week-long spiritual retreat. I’m just now starting to understand what that really means. It is often spent exploring my inner-self through silent meditation, where I can be alone and literally “retreat” into myself. It’s a precious uninterrupted time when I can simply be my most authentic self and connect deeply with who I am as a soul. A spiritual retreat is also about connecting to community, such as a group of like-minded individuals whom I may have never met before, or a community of nature: the trees, the ocean, the mountains, including all the animals that choose to present themselves to me. On this year’s retreat I experienced all three connections. I experienced a connection to myself, a connection to my human community, and a connection to the natural world. Each experience of connection provided me with something different, a unique way to heal my wounds, to cleanse my thoughts, to lift my heart, and to inspire and restore my mind, body and spirit. Although my week was filled with amazing people, places and creatures, one connection in particular stands out above the rest. It happened at a very unique place and involved an eye-to-eye connection with a bobcat.

I’ll start with the place… Sunburst Sanctuary. Founded in 1969 by the late Norman Paulsen, Sunburst Sanctuary is a utopia nestled in the hills north of Santa Barbara, California. A small community of people there farm the land and live in harmony together guided by the principles found in the spiritual teaching of Paramahansa Yogananda. Many of the same people who first started the community still live there today. Everyone was truly welcoming and kind to me. It was evident that members had been working together for many years. No one person was in charge. Some people who had special talents were focused in certain areas, but when it came to delivering the programming and teachings, it was like everyone took turns. Each individual had a time to shine. Continue reading